Month: June 2013

Divers/Cite 2013

July 30, 2013toAugust 4, 2013

Montreal, QC

Divers/Cite

Divers/Cité is a LGBT event whose mission is to present and promote arts and music illustrating and celebrating the value of diversity in a spirit of sharing, solidarity and openness with the world. 18 years of constant growth and expansion has established Divers/Cité as an internationally recognized festival with a loyal following.

Most of our events are outdoors and free. Our programming follows set themes covering a wide range of artistic tendencies that appeal to widely varying audiences. Divers/Cité proudly showcases: modern dance, blues, jazz, pop, Latin, rock, world, funk, ambient, techno and electronic music concerts, drag queen performances, an outdoor film screening and a photo exhibition.

Some of Divers/Cité’s signature shows include: La Grande Danse, Mascara: La nuit des drags, Sex Garage and New Society, two of which have garnered worldwide recognition. Mascara: La nuit des drags is the biggest drag show on earth and features over 100 artists in a whopping five-hour, non-stop theatrical extravaganza. The continent’s most impressive outdoor dance event, La Grande Danse offers close to 11 hours of multimedia infused beats spun by the globe’s most impressive DJs.

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Stockholm Gay Pride 2013

July 29, 2013toAugust 4, 2013

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Gay Pride

Stockholm Pride is the largest Pride Festival and is working to highlight LGBT issues and create a sanctuary for gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and gender expression that exist within the LGBT movement.

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Hamburg Pride 2013

July 27, 2013toAugust 4, 2013

Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg Pride

Members of Hamburg Pride e.V. and other LGBTI-groups developed the motto for Hamburg´s Gay Pride 2013: “Majority For Diversity: You´ve Got The Choice!”. Due to the federal election which will take place in September 2013, the motto will place our claims on the political agenda again.

The gay pride and its history

In 1969 was the first time that lesbians, homosexuals, transgender and bisexuals accomplished a systematic resistance against the discrimination and repression from the government

In 1969 after a police raid in Stonewall Inn in New York´s Greenwich Village ended up in a massive three-day protest of the gay community. Since then as a remembrance of this happening Christopher Street Day political parades take place yearly all around the world, also known as Gay Pride Parades.

Hamburg invites Hamburg Pride 2012 to the 32nd Christopher Street Day that stands under the motto „Marriage 2.0 – After the Obligations now the Rights”. Alongside the political Parade on the 4 August 2012 numerous events will take place from the 28 July in line with the Pride Week.

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Little Rock Black Pride 2013

July 26, 2013toJuly 28, 2013

Little Rock, AR

Little Rock Black Pride

The mission of Little Rock Black Pride is to promote diversity, pride, and acceptance within the communities of Little Rock and within the rest of the greater Metropolitan Area. This will be a year round effort educating those in and outside our own community, culminating with an Annual “Pride Festival and Show”, AIDS Awareness Day and non stop night entertainment featured by both local and from around the country!

We are especially excited about our newest event this year “The Ladies Edition” where we will host events to cater to the beautiful women that support our event.LRBP is in it’s 9th year of serving the metro area of the great city of Little Rock and the wonderful state of Arkansas.

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Column: Pride Why Stop There?

As Pride month comes to a close at thegayuk.com, it doesn’t mean that Pride has to come to an end for the year.

by Paul Szabo | 30th June 2013

Pride has become many things to many people. It is a celebration of diversity, a political statement, a protest, a party and a way to bring together the community. It invites and welcomes everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality. What is always surprising about Pride is how it brings out people from all corners of the LGBT community who wouldn’t normally come together. For those who are not out or struggling with their sexuality, Pride is a way to feel empowered, by being surrounded by a huge amount of people proving that you are not alone. For others who enjoy going out on the scene, it is a chance to meet new and old friends, go to different towns and cities and a chance to simply have a great time. But what Pride does do very well is bring to the attention of the general public just how many LGBT people are out there and shows them that, actually, those marching or partying in the park are really not that different to them.

Breaking down stereotypes that have long been established is part of what Pride is about. Whilst some people may argue that Pride reinforces stereotypes given the number of pink feather boas on display at times, what it also does is show that there are other sections within the gay community – the armed forces, rugby teams, the emergency services and lawyers to name a few – and shows just how diverse gay people can be. There is still, unfortunately, that old fashioned view held by some people that gay men are effeminate whereas lesbians are not. Pride shows them that the LGBT community are also doing jobs and activities which are or have been traditionally occupied by manly men and straight women.

That is one of the most important things about Pride. It shows that gay men, gay women, transgender men and women and bisexual men and women are actually no different from anyone else. They work in factories, in laboratories, in offices, in shops and in the public services. They do the same leisure activities as everyone else, from scuba diving to baking, football to gardening. It is this breaking down of preconceptions which is one of the most important aspects of Pride and helps to reduce prejudice.

But why should this be limited to one day or one weekend per year? Surely every day can be Pride day? There are those who are very open about their sexuality, those who are out in their place of employment or at the clubs and groups that they attend and those who are very vocal about their sexuality. But then there are those who are open and honest about their sexuality but go about their business without much fuss or constant references to the fact that they are gay. Both of these approaches are equally as important.

There are ways to show pride every day. Sometimes, a rainbow flag sticker on the rear window of the car, a pink triangle on your coffee mug at work, a red ribbon on your lapel or even just a casual mention of your partner can do just as much for breaking down stereotypes, reducing prejudice and showing how those that are often seen as “different” can actually fit quite easily into the world. This is not about a huge party, it is not about taking over the local park and it is not about coming together in huge numbers for pride to be prevalent. It is showing pride in your sexuality every day. It is breaking down those prejudices on a daily basis. It is normalising the fact that your sexuality does not place limits on your abilities at work or influence your leisure activities.

There is a Pride event taking place every single day of the year – and the venue is your desk, your club, your group, your factory floor, your supermarket and everywhere else that you go to either for work or for leisure.

Isn’t that real Pride?

THEATRE REVIEW: Power Couple

Relationships are peculiar things: whether your status is single, in a relationship or ‘it's complicated’. Power Couple is an innovative comedy show which looks at a relationship from the viewpoint of both participants proving just how funny relationships can be.

by Chris Bridges | 30th June 2013

★★★★

Power Couple

Stephen Bailey has spent the past twenty-something years trying to find true love and romance. For years he prayed for a womb so he could trap a man but he's done it the normal way - through a love spell (well he tried apparently). Gary John Senior is completely different; he has spent his life avoiding a relationship until almost by accident (or witchcraft) Stephen happened. As they embarked on a relationship, Gary's brow got sweatier. Not only does he have to deal with his own neurosis, he has to deal with Stephen's too. Gary takes us through his findings from his first year in his first relationship (ever) to explore the real fine line between love and madness.

The show takes the form of two sets, each partner talking about the relationship. Gary mourns the loss of days watching porn and playing on his Playstation which has been replaced by inquisitions, insecurities and the minefield that is sending a text to your boyfriend and forgetting the little ‘x’ at the end. Stephen is re-appraising his ideas of romance as he gets treated to Groupon dates and unusual birthday gifts.

The show is really amusing and anyone who has been in, observed or run a mile from a relationship can identify with the two men and their experiences. The observational comedy is warm and affectionate but no less biting in its wit for this.

For a great comedy experience catch the boys at the Edinburgh Fringe or at the Edinburgh preview show:

‘PowerCouple: 1st-25th August 2013

London Previews: Monday 29th July 2013, Comedy Café Theatre, Shoreditch, London

Follow them at: facebook.com/powercouplecomedy or on Twitter: @PowerCoupleUK, @StephenComedy, and @GaryJohnSenior

FASHION: London Collections – Men

LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN

By Jack Baxter

In the week after London Collections: Men and now having been back over all the footage from the shows, I’ve collated my Top 5 collections. There was such an amazing variety at the shows this year and it has been truly difficult to find my favourites. But I have and here is what you need to be looking out for Spring/Summer 2014.

Day 1 Highlights:

For me day one was all about the Topman show. I’m always excited by what they have to offer and this show was no exception. The entire collection had a wonderful western inspired theme in the shaping and detailing on the shirts. The light, silky fabrics that they have chosen for this collection gives this western look a new twist, which makes the collection feel more refined. Topman always do monochrome well, but with the subtle colour introductions in the embroidery works incredibly with the blacks and whites and more neutral tones of this collection. My favourite part of this collection has to be the metallic brogues. Metallics are going to be even bigger next year and I cannot wait until I can buy myself a pair of the silver brogues that accompany this collection so perfectly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7GJD1yt83Y&feature=share&list=PL6JoEEZ9lu9J8Ye-uXhJWLFkKxqcy3axq

Another favourite from day one was Hardy Amies collection. A very wearable collection of simple, clean, classic tailoring. The subtle colour palette of pale greys and deep navy blues, with occasional injections of vivid shades of orange or mossy green, will make for a faultless look next spring. The fantastic layering of patterned shirts and ties in tonal variation, makes this collection perfect for the modern gentleman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIXcindf9Ao&feature=share&list=PL6JoEEZ9lu9J8Ye-uXhJWLFkKxqcy3axq

Day 2 Highlights:

Following on from the gentlemanly features of Hardy Amies collection, day two saw Hackett London grace the catwalk with a 1930s inspired collection. Tonal layering is very prominent in this collection giving it a classic elegance that is reminiscent of Stephen Fry’s, ‘Bright Young Things’, 2003.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Q5YRxMbnY&feature=share&list=PL6JoEEZ9lu9IzJIkWmI46cMaojejpoFSe

In contrast to the more muted colours of Hackett London, Orlebar Brown brought us a brilliantly bright collection, perfect for the summer months. Hand illustrated prints, inspired by summer days of the 1950s in Monaco, bring a nostalgic feel to the collection. For me, gives this collection a more casual, everyday wearable feel to it which has been lacking from other collections this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntm-RodEqbw&feature=share&list=PL6JoEEZ9lu9IzJIkWmI46cMaojejpoFSe

Day 3 Highlights:

Day three, brings one of my all time favourite collections from Alexander McQueen. Even in his absence, each collection still maintains a level of amazement for me that I hope will never die. This collection was no exception. Beautifully theatrical as always, with knee length coats and patent shoes which really set off this monochrome marvel. Incredible use of texture, with the use of devoré and laser-cutting which, when layered up with other pieces from the collection give an amazingly elegant and stylish finish. This elegance is echoed in the interestingly feminine shape of the tailoring, with nipped in waists which feature strongly in this collection.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgeVVSeO0Uk&feature=share&list=PL6JoEEZ9lu9ISGIatYCw09-dZPhXiL2b8

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COLUMN: What A Drag

I can remember being fascinated by Danny LaRue. I was a child of six and sat transfixed in front of the TV at this strange looking lady who was actually a man.

by Chris Bridges | 30th June 2013

What a drag | Jesse Rapczak

I accepted it as a commonplace, ordinary thing and a totally acceptable lifestyle choice. It was on the TV after all. My main ambition was to grow up to be Wonder Woman but growing up to be a drag queen seemed a close second. Of course, I now realise that I could have combined the two options, although my knees are a bit knobbly for satin tights.

I experimented with my mother's make-up as a teenager and quite liked how strangely androgynous I looked in a full face of badly applied slap. I didn't graduate any further and resisted trying on her clothes. This was for no other reason apart from the fact that she had terrible taste in frocks. It was the 80s; everyone had terrible taste in everything. As I grew older I became seduced by the Goth culture and by androgynous gender defying singers. It was the perfect excuse for black nail polish and the odd touch of ghostly pale make-up to make me look like a resurrected corpse. I never considered dragging up though. My drag queen ambitions of early childhood went out of the window and with the advent of puberty and the masses of body hair that accompanied this, i just couldn't have afforded the razors anyway.

As I got older and ventured onto the gay scene, I grew to love a bit of classy drag. I adored David Dale, Lily Savage and Lizzy Drip with their witty repartee and clever routines. I even liked the tacky acts with their cheap innuendo and their caterwauling along to 'It Should Have Been Me' whilst wearing an ill fitting yellowing wedding dress and swinging a dildo. I'd watch the drag queens and think: 'I could do that!' This ill placed confidence in my abilities surfaces whenever I watch any kind of show, whether its a trapeze artist, frenetic tap dancer, ballet or a heartfelt Shakespearean performance; I always think that given a couple of hours tuition I could master that too. I suppose that's the mark of a skilled performer; making it look easy.

I didn't drag up until I was in my late 30s that is very late for a gay, I suspect. Straight men drag up even earlier. They grab every chance they can to pull on a bra and wriggle into a frock, whether it’s pub-crawls, stag nights or just the night the wife is out. My first outing in drag was not at all glamorous. I decided to go as Barbara Woodhouse. For those too young to recall, she was a famous dog breeder who appeared on TV being brusque in tweeds and yanking on poor little pooches leads. I thought it would be absolutely hilarious to tweed up and have a toy dog on elastic that I could vigorously yank around whilst shouting 'Walkies!'

Finding the clothes was a nightmare. I trawled the charity shops and eventually found a tweed two-piece in one shop. I asked to try it on, explaining it was for fancy dress. The woman shouted down the shop: "Enid! Can you get the changing room key? This man wants to try a skirt on. He's going to dress as a transvestite.'

It didn't fit. All I could find in my size was an array of foul frumpy dresses. I thought laterally. Which celebrity looked frumpy? I went as Susan Boyle. There was no depilation involved. One cheap wig, sturdy court shoes and a nylon dress plus a pair of stick on eyebrows and a handlebar moustache and I was SuBo.

My next attempt was a little bit more glamorous. I went to an 80s themed party. As you may have guessed, I loathe the 80s and call it the decade that taste forgot. I really did not want to wear the hideous fashions that make me shudder and recall my unhappy childhood. Again I thought laterally. I wanted a cheap outfit and wanted to go as someone or something I liked. I fired up YouTube and watched Debbie Harry singing along to Atomic in a bin bag. My outfit was born.

The bin bag proved a bit sweaty and the huge blonde wig was heavy. Worst of all was the heels. I almost broke my neck in the heels. I think I may stick to my brogues for now and leave the dragging up to those who have the gene of utter fabulousness. I seem to only have half of that gene.

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PRIDE IN LONDON: Thousands Of Revellers Attend ‘Biggest Parade In A Decade’

London celebrated its 'Biggest Parade' in a decade yesterday as the sun shone on Pride In London.

by Newsdesk | 30th June 2013

The 42nd gay pride parade in London left Baker Street and ended in Trafalgar Square. Notably, London's mayor, usually a staunch supported of London's pride was not in attendance.

However, Andre Boff, who was there to represent the Mayor stressed that Mayor’s office has pledged £500,000 to the event over the next five years.

Reuters is reporting that hundreds of thousands of people attended the event.

Thousands of people lined the streets of London as around 150 community groups, around 15,000 people - including volunteers from London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard and Stonewall marched to celebrate the pride’s theme for 2013: Love and Marriage.

Over 400 people marched with Stonewall alone.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘Today’s parade was a reminder to the world that Britain is a beacon for equality. But while we come closer to securing equal marriage here, we’re painfully aware that for gay people in almost 80 other countries just being themselves puts them at risk of persecution or harm. Today we enjoyed a celebration of equality in Britain. Tomorrow Stonewall’s struggle against homophobia worldwide continues in earnest.’

The parade takes place weeks after MPs voted to approve same-sex marriage.

"By making this change ... parliament believes their love is the same as anyone else's love and that we believe in equality," Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron wrote in the official guide to the gay pride event.

PRIDE IN LONDON: VIP Veunes

Presented by the master of ceremonies Zak Black for Pride in London in association with the Pride Arts fund @Carom of Wardour Street, Soho

by Monti Sori | 29th June 2013

From two in the afternoon, begins a 12 hour, high Octane journey of entertainment fun and frivolity that is… GLITTEROUS!

Free entry (whoopee) with an optional donation to the Pride Arts fund;

DJs Paul Heron and Brent Nicholls hit the decks (not the swashbuckling type…though no restrictions on sailor outfits) With hosts, ENV, Katie Loveridge, Mahdi Shay…all couture by James Kelly master of wardrobe from the Royal Opera House… (therefore lots of material to go round!)

Last year this venue was coined as the saviour of pride… so what have the little queer umpalumpas at the vervecouture think tank pulled out of the old hanan green velvet top hat this year to make it bigger and better?

Well for a start… whoever said health and safety’s gone mad, this certainly bucks the trend…they’ve brought in their own arsonist in the form of Fire dancer Anna Hulagan who wears a fire spinning hoola hoop and very little else! Seasoned and up n’coming new acts including energetic and fit cutesy pie; singer David Stewart, rapper ENV and the stunning voices of Chloe Akam and Katie Loveridge to name but a few. And I’m sure Soho’s very own adopted rat pack star Mister Zak Black will also be exercising his tinselled tonsils (singing!)

Brazilian samba dancing lifts the tempo whilst withering sweaty bodies do their thaaang on the various podiums dotted about the venue, add to this lotsa, lotsa feathers, glitter, fun and frivolity …all done in the…(and please forgive me I could not resist)…”best possible taste!”

Glitterous @ Carom, Wardour Street, Soho 2pm till 2am

enquiries too: vervecouture@gmail.com

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